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Waidner-Spahr Library

Please see our Library Services Updates: Summer & Fall 2021 website for the most up-to-date information about library services.

Library Building & Services Updates for late Summer, Fall 2021: General Information

Waidner-Spahr Library General Information

Updated 6/11/2021

Summer 2021 Building Hours through Friday, August 20, 2021

Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday, Closed
Closed July 5
  • Access for current students, faculty, staff, emeritus, retirees and alumni. Dickinson ID card required. Use main entrance on High St.
  • Lower level of the library and lower entrance are closed; request items from that area at the Circulation Desk for retrieval by library staff. For access to Archives and Special Collections, email
  • View current occupancy from monitor inside the entrance, or online here:
  • Everyone in the building is expected to practice social distancing, adhere to mask requirement and follow signs throughout the building.  Library seating & furniture arranged to support social distancing. Study rooms for use by only one person at a time on a first come, first served basis.

See details below, as well as the tabs above for specifics on current services available for students, faculty and staff, and alumni and visitors.

Temporary Emergency Services Ending

At the start and during the Covid-19 crisis, in-person services were adjusted to temporarily re-assign staff for the emergency conditions. As the campus and library prepare for in-person services to resume, several temporary services will be ending prior to the fall 2021 semester. 

  • HathiTrust Emergency Temporary Access Service enabled our library to provide online versions of nearly 1/3 of our print book collection.  As we prepare for in-person classes and operations, we will no longer qualify for participation in the HathiTrust Emergency Temporary Access Service following the end of Summer session. “HathiTrust Emergency Access” links will be removed from the JumpStart/catalog in late July/early August and the library will once again be permitted to loan the print versions of those books.  

    As members of HathiTrust Digital Library we will retain full-text access (with downloading) to more than 5.6 million HathiTrust volumes, and bibliographic information on millions more. 

  • Contact Free Pickup 
    As we reinstate in- person services and reopen all levels to the library building, we will eliminate the Contact Free-Pickup service after August 1.  We encourage our users to wander through the book stacks to find a “good read.”  You never know what you may find!   

Returning Physical Materials to the Library

Return print books, DVDs, interlibrary loan items, and other non-equipment items by placing them in the book drop to the left of the main library entrance on High Street. To return equipment, please email

If you do not live locally and you want to return your checkouts, you can return items by mail to:
Dickinson College Library  
28 N. College St.
Carlisle, PA 17013
Attention: Circulation Desk